The ideas for this issue came to me when I read two books recently: Thank You for Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman, and Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity by Ronald Epstein. (An interview with Dr. Epstein about his book is part of this issue.)
In his book, Thomas Friedman mentions this quote from Dov Seidman: “When you press the pause button on a machine, it stops. But when you press the pause button on human beings they start.” This issue is an invitation for you to pause, reflect, and challenge your assumptions about what it means to be you and reconnect with your core beliefs.
I challenge you to invest in the Business of You. We neurosurgeons stop at no obstacle or difficulty to care for our patients. We care and provide for our families, our coworkers, and the community. But what do we do for ourselves? Do we dedicate time to keeping ourselves healthy and content? Taking the time to care for yourself is one of the most important things you can do. Neglecting self care will eventually negatively impact your interactions with colleagues, patients, family, and friends.
Dr. Reid Thompson talks about burnout recognition and prevention, and in my interview with Dr. Epstein, he lays out how mindfulness can make us better physicians and improve job satisfaction. He also makes a very good argument for how mindfulness can prevent medical errors.
Dr. Elad Levy shares nine simple strategies he uses to lead strategic departmental growth while simultaneously encouraging his faculty to flourish professionally and personally. Dr. Daniel Ho follows with an insightful article on what it takes for a neurosurgeon to develop their own brand. Although it is very common in many other professions, the concept of branding has not been fully embraced by the medical neurosurgery community.
While athletes at the top of their game/field have a coach who tells them all day, every day, what they could do better, who does this for the attending neurosurgeon? How can we grow and improve without feedback? And may I state here loud and clear that patient care conferences in their current format are not living up to this goal. Dr. Harry Van Loveren shares with us his experience of inviting a coach to observe the residents and faculty in his department and the changes that resulted. I am also thankful to Dr. Daniel Resnick for reintroducing Osler’s concept of Aequanimitas, and would recommend you read Dr. Steven Kalkanis’ plea to be home for dinner.
We’ve also introduced a new feature in this issue called “Neurosurgeons Talk.” We want to give a voice to our membership on various topics. Please look for upcoming questions for future issues on our social media platforms! In line with our overarching theme of “The Business of You,” our CNS resident ambassadors asked Dr. Dade Lunsford, director of one of the most influential neurosurgery residencies, if neurosurgery training could be shorter.
This issue is an invitation to pause, reflect, and invest time in yourself to become your best at work, in your community, and at home. I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as I did.
cnsq Spring 2018 Volume 19, Number 2
Martina Stippler, MD
Ron L. Alterman, MD
Erica F. Bisson, MD
Nicholas M. Boulis, MD
Rimal Dossani, MD
Emad N. Eskandar, MD
Gerald A. Grant, MD
Sanjeet S. Grewel, MD
Kunal Gupta, MD
James S. Harrop, MD
Todd Charles Hollon, MD
Jeremy Hosein, MD
Michael T. Lawton, MD
John Pollina, MD
Andrew J. Ringer, MD
Tyler Schmidt, MD
Edward R. Smith, MD
Rafael Vega, MD
Antonia D. Callas
CONGRESS OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGEONS 2017-2018 OFFICERS
PRESIDENT: Ashwini D. Sharan, MD
PRESIDENT ELECT: Ganesh Rao, MD
VICE-PRESIDENT: James S. Harrop, MD
SECRETARY: Steven N. Kalkanis, MD
TREASURER: Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD
PAST-PRESIDENT: Alan M. Scarrow, MD, JD
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